Russell Gardens/Bushy Ruff

Russell Gardens waterway

Alkham Road, Temple Ewell, Dover, Kent, CT16 3EE


The car park at Kearsney Abbey has been re-opened. We will be closely monitoring how it is used. If it becomes apparent that national guidelines are not being followed, we may be required to close the car park again.

There is a temporary café and temporary toilets (including one with disabled access) in Kearsney Abbey.

The Kearsney Park permanent café and toilets will open once the development works have been completed and DDC takes possession of the building.

The following statement has been issued by our contractors, idverde:

idverde are continuing to work with their clients to monitor and review this rapidly changing situation. In line with Government information and guidelines, we are constantly putting further measures in place for sites that are still open to ensure the safety of our colleagues.

This is constantly being reviewed. Additional guidance and safe working measures have been put in place to ensure those colleagues able to work can travel there safely and can adhere to the prescribed social distancing measures both in workplaces and in transit to work. Where the minimum distance measures cannot be maintained, including travelling, work will not continue.

Thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.

If you are concerned or have any queries please contact 0800 917 6263.

Russell Gardens are situated on the opposite side of the road to Kearsney Abbey and were originally known as Kearsney Court & Gardens.  The area is laid out in a more formal style than Kearsney Abbey, and was designed by Edwardian architect Thomas Mawson. 

The gardens are popular all year, whether taking a gentle stroll around the gardens or pond dipping with the children. 

Bushy Ruff, at the western end of the gardens, is set around a picturesque lake with footpaths running alongside.  This is a popular open space for dog walkers or for those who simply want to enjoy a pleasant walk in natural surroundings. 

The Kearsney Parks are accessible to all, although some routes in the park may be considered less accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.  The parks are accessible on foot or bicycle.  The park can also be reached by visitors using public transport, with Kearsney Train station just five minutes walk away and a bus stop outside Kearsney Abbey. 

Kearsney Parks - Parks for People Project »

We have been awarded £3.3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ programme to bring our Kearsney Parks project to life.

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